RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A deep reddish brew with medium body and carbonation. This stronger, maltier, and hoppier pale ale has a depth of hop taste and acidity in the palate and finish. Cascade dry hopping gives this popular brew a fresh, floral nose.

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sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Tasted 5/11/08. 12oz bottle. Lively pour. Half the bottle got me two fingers of bubbling head. Yeasty aromas of cinnamon citrus and a slight ginger note. Clinging head. Medium bodied with a tart caramel flavor. Tight effervescence and peppery. Spicy and toasty. Slight cocoa flavor. Nice bitter hop flavor. Tart lemon citrus hops. Good amber. Tart and bitter but tasty.

UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
This thing has a farmhouse character to it that’s just weird. Monstrous rocky head as if its some bizarre beer from France. Kind of a harsh bitter bite to it with a slight funky moldy taste to it. Moldy. basement light malt nose. Weird. But kind of good.

Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2008
Bottle: Pours amber (of course) with, at least for me, a very small head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Actually rather good.

JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 23, 2008
12 oz bottle - pours a hazy deep red color with medium sized off white head that quickly dissapates. Aroma has bit of chewy malts, sweet medium caramel, with fairly notable fermentation off notes like burned styrofoam. Flavor is dominated by a chemical-tasting, metallic bitterness that is a bit hard to get past. Overall this is just bad. I don’t think that it’s infected as there is no band-aid notes or sourness, and it was bought from a reputable store with good turn over that is near the brewery.

chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 Musty, earthy, grimy look and taste that I found strangely appealing. I wanted to hate this stuff when a quarter of the bottle foamed out. The head never goes away and forms a crust in the glass after you drink it. Did not scimp on the hops or malt. A buttery sweetness but not enough to turn me off to this wonderfully unique ale. Malthy amber ales are not my thing but I admire this and will be happy to have another. Under rated, I will have to check out this brewery on my next trip to ann arbor.

jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2008
WAY overcarbonated. took about 10 minutes to pour this beer. after the huge root beer float head calmed down, the flavor was nice and malty, mellow bitterness, with a strange (nice strange, that is) almost minty aftertaste. very refreshing....

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Both dry and sweet with a nice malty sweetness. Cascade hops aren’t too noticeable as the stuff is pretty balanced. Some fruittiness though.

pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
12-20-07 bottle.
Murky brown color with VERY thick and forever lasting head - when I say thick here, it was ridiculous! First pour was 97% head and 3% beer and it took 15 minutes or so to settle. Insanity! Smells heavy and similar to burning yeast. Smell is not what I think of when I think of a typical Amber. Taste is medicinal and not very special. Overall the flavor and smell are forgettable but that head will forever be etched in my mind.

lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2007
My apologies as I forgot who sent this bottle...Thanks to whoever it was. Muddy murky colored brown with a freaking enormous head. Like 1/2" of beer to 6 " of head. Took 15-20 minutes for head to subside. Smell is a muddled gritty malt aroma with light hops poking out as well. Flavor is rather bland, a bit dirty-ish and oddly mildly hopped. Watery body and not too carbonated feel actually for as much as it was gushing. A bit strange and earthy but drinkable.

RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 Very insipid brew with nothing to recommend it. Mine had a persistant earthy/moldy note...maybe touches of a medicinal taste here and there as well. Generally pretty murky. Bottling line problems...?

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